Funding news

Arts Council England Renaissance programme update - 24 January 2012

As awarded organsiations are announced under the Major Grants fund, news is released about two further funding streams for museums.

More details of the Renaissance Museum development fund has been announced. This new fund will help to enhance the sustainability and resilience of the museums sector by enabling the sharing of expertise and knowledge, to maximise the benefits to audiences and communities. Applicants will bid to deliver development support for museums through local museum networks. The Museums development fund will open to applications on 7 February 2012 and close on 7 March 2012, with a total of £8 million available between 2012 and 2015.

Details of the Renaissance Strategic support fund – anticipated to be around £15 million a year – will be announced in the autumn. Strategic support will complement Major partner and Museums development investment, and will focus on any gaps or development opportunities not addressed by the other funds.

The final part of the Arts Council’s reworked Renaissance programme is the ongoing development of National programmes, including Accreditation, Designation, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the PRISM fund, support for national campaigns such as Kids in Museums and Museums at Night, and subject specialist networks.

For more details see the Arts Council press release.